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Cream Puff

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Cream Puffs in a Cinch (Can Be Made Sugar-Free, Too!)

  • Dec 19, 2008
This is a favorite of mine to make during potlucks and family get-togethers.  It's super easy to make, has simple-to-get ingredients, can be made a couple days ahead of time, and they look and taste great!

For the shell
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 4 eggs

For the filling
  • 8 oz. tub of whipped cream
  • 1 box of instant vanilla pudding powder
  • 2 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract

Bring water and butter to a boil. Stir in flour until blended. Remove from heat. Add eggs, one at a time (this step is very important, always one egg at a time), beating well after each egg (use electric mixer). Whip until smooth. Drop large tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Will brown right away, don't take out early. Cool; slice tops. Remove any filament.  Mix all the filling ingredients together and fill shell, then dust with powdered sugar.

I make these sugar-free as well for my low-carb diet or diabetic friends.  Just pick up some "light" whipped cream instead of the regular and use sugar-free pudding mix.   Instead of sifting powdered sugar on it, sift starch onto it.  Simple as that!  To make different flavored filling, just buy different instant pudding flavors, like cheese cake, custard, or chocolate.

Get ready to impress all your friends and family!
Cream Puffs

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January 31, 2010
whoa! How did I miss this review before?! This looks really good and nothing better than home made cream puffs, tho Beard Papa's are pretty good.
February 02, 2010
omg, I don't mean to diss my own cream puffs... but I love Beard Papa's and have to have a cream puff when I see one, which is pretty often in San Francisco!  Their cream puffs are amazing, and I love it when they have their seasonal pumpkin cream filling!
May 01, 2009
This thing works? ;-) I love gourmet dining but when it comes to making anything in the kitchen, I'm a complete idiot! I'll save this for future... hopefully, I'll never need it! ;p bookmarked!
May 01, 2009
It sure does! Let me know how it goes for you :)
February 04, 2009
Hey devora, I meant to tell you earlier, but I tried this recipe a few weeks ago. It turned out FANTASTIC! My boyfriend was duly impressed. Thanks!
January 12, 2009
@LingEatsCake yes, I meant vanilla extract. Let me edit that!
January 11, 2009
Quick question: By 1 tbsp of vanilla, do you mean vanilla extract?
December 24, 2008
I'm not very good at baking.. and I especially thought cream puffs were for chefs that went to culinary school and what not.. hahaha, but I might try this! Thanks for the recipe.. I'll let you know how it turns out!
December 19, 2008
@LingEatsCake: I actually made the ones in the picture. I always they they were complicated to make, too, so I was surprised at how easy it was to make, and how tasty and good-looking they turned out!
December 19, 2008
Uh, wow! I always thought cream puffs were super-complicated, but this looks so easy and manageable. Thanks!
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